Tom Febonio, composer


Tom Febonio was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1950 and began his career in music at the age of sixteen playing electric bass in a rock & roll band. This kept him occupied for about a decade, during which time he took up songwriting and recording, traditional music and jazz. As an adult he studied piano with Edith M. Mehaffey, and the viola, theory and conducting with Joseph A. Leary.

Tom's compositions to date are mostly tonal and structured along classical or romantic lines, and include solo and chamber pieces for piano, guitar, mandolin, strings and winds. A number of these works are available from ALRY Publications, Forton Music, Guitar Chamber Music Press, Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, and VCello Music Publications.

Audio recordings include releases by Duo Ahlert & Schwab, Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney, Suzanne Williams, Jack Garvey, Eric Blackmer, Full Cold Moon, Grove Street, and Keltish.


Recent Works:

Sueño (for mandolin and guitar)

Three Blues (for two guitars, violin, viola and bass)

Rain and Wonder (for alto flute, viola, guitar and bass)

Five Madrigals (for alto flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon)

Three Idylls for piano

Alma (for alto flute and guitar)

Water Ballads (for mandolin and guitar)

Eurasian Triptych (for alto flute, guitar and bass)

Three Songs for Early Autumn (for violin, clarinet and guitar)

Five Meditations (for alto flute, viola and guitar)

White Sky in November (for alto flute, cello and piano)

Two Serenades for guitar



Four Ballads

Blues for Matilda

String Quartet in Cm

Four Songs for guitar   

Five Pieces for violin and guitar

Quattro Canzoni - Andante

Trio Sonata - Intermezzo

Acht Bagatellen - Soave

Acht Bagatellen - Andantino

White Sky in November

this one's for Louise


Four Ballads
Carlyn Lloyd - alto flute
Emanuel Ban - viola
Jill Kaeding - cello
Jason Deroche - guitar
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, February 2016
Suzanne Williams - alto flute
Tom Febonio - guitar
Recorded at Ticknock Studios, Lenoir, NC, 2018
String Quartet in Cm
Lake String Quartet
Carol Margolis - violin
Nanette Goldman - violin
Ingrid Koller - viola
Daryl Carlson - cello
Bloomington Center for the Arts, MN, March 2005
Three Variations on a theme by Joseph A. Leary
Christina McDonald - cello
Waxhaw NC, May 2017